I always seem to have been drawn to things which are intense most of the time with a fixed break in the summer – football, politics, education. This is not a bad routine: August is a good time for rejuvenation; perhaps even reinvention. Over the next few weeks, I hope you will be able to find at least some space for yourself – to reflect on what has gone and recuperate for what is coming.
With these themes in mind, this summer edition of Connect provides plenty to inform and entertain, with more interviews and features and a wide range of voices
Our Cover Story is an interview with the Managing Director of Alliance, who candidly acknowledges shortcomings and is leading his business into a period of change post-covid in the face of the greatest cost of living pressures for decades.
In No Ordinary Day Job, Paul Chambers bravely shares his profound story of descent into what he calls “a tsunami of carnage” and recovery aided by launching his own business as one of the island’s most distinctive photographers.
For Special Report, Nichole Culverwell of Black Vanilla speaks openly of the challenges of finding time to relax and recover while leading and growing a small, successful business.
Harry Smiles reviews the Puffin and Oyster, which is reviving pub grub at Grand Havre years after its predecessor, the Houmet Tavern, sadly fell into disrepair.
Our Charity Partner, Grow, provides the latest in its regular series of updates about the ambitious project to renovate its site at Les Petits Quartiers. And Nikki Ioannou-Droushiotis, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Employment Trust, tells us about her team’s superb work building or restoring confidence and careers.
In Time Out With Alex Herschel – interestingly, an environmental sustainability specialist now leading Guernsey Energy, formerly Guernsey Gas – she talks about revitalising a business nearly 200 years old.
Unplugged features the new President of the Chamber of Commerce, Diane de Garis, who explains the progress business would like the States to make over the course of her two-year term leading up to the next general election.
We also showcase a selection of content from our sister publication online, Bailiwick Express, including Diana Penn’s sometimes harrowing memoirs as an international aid worker and an interview with popular retiring teacher and school leader Rick James.